From wrinkles to low BP, what are the problems caused by running AC at low temperatures?


PC: The Economic Times

Running the air conditioner (AC) at low temperatures can have several potentially harmful effects on your health and well-being. Here are some reasons why this problem might occur:

Dry skin: Air conditioners remove moisture from the air to cool it, which results in low humidity levels. Low moisture can lead to dry skin, which can increase the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making you look older than you really are.

Respiratory problems: Air conditioners circulate air in an enclosed space. When the AC is set at a low temperature, it can make the air excessively dry, which can irritate the respiratory system. Dry air can worsen existing respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis and also cause symptoms like cough, and sore throat.

Low blood pressure: Prolonged exposure to a cold environment can cause a drop in body temperature, which in turn can lower your blood pressure. If you already have low blood pressure, running the AC at a low temperature can make it worse, causing symptoms like dizziness and fatigue.

Muscle stiffness: Cold temperatures can lead to muscle stiffness and tension. If the AC is set too low, especially when you sleep or sit for long periods of time, it can lead to muscle stiffness, joint discomfort, and even back pain.

Increased allergy symptoms: Air conditioners are designed to filter and clean the air, but if not maintained properly, they can become a breeding ground for allergies. Additionally, running the AC at a low temperature that does not allow proper ventilation and air exchange can create allergens indoors.

Eye irritation: Dry air caused by low humidity can irritate the eyes, causing dry, itchy, and red eyes. Prolonged exposure to dry AC air can contribute to the development of conditions such as dry eye syndrome.